May 26, 2010

Book Release Giveaway for Countdown by Deborah Wiles

I'm super excited about Countdown and the chance to bring it to you! It's not often that a historical fiction book comes out that just flat out looks amazing.  As a teacher I'm constantly digging for some good ones to share with my students.  I think this is clearly one that will be great for readers of all ages.

I have just started reading Countdown, and I'm already hooked.  Not only is the fictional story great, but I love all the historical photos and news clippings surrounding it.  I've learned a few things, and I'm just at the beginning.  Watch for my review soon!

About the book
Countdown is the first in a new trilogy of “documentary novels” set in the 1960s- a fascinating historical documentary in a unique style and format. Filled with photos, news clippings, and songs of the era, this novel tells the story of Franny Chapman, an eleven-year-old girl living in Washington, DC, set against the backdrop of one of the most politically and culturally defining periods in history.

It’s 1962, in the days surrounding the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the world seems to be on the terrifying brink of nuclear war. But for Franny Chapman, everyday life goes on. While doing “Duck and Cover” drills at school, Franny must face tensions with her younger brother, and worry about her older sister— is she a secret spy?— while learning to look beyond outward appearances.
Check out the website for it HERE
About the author
Deborah Wiles is the author of National Book Award Finalist Each Little Bird That Sings; as well as Love, Ruby Lavender; and The Aurora County All-Stars. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
Her website can be found HERE
Here's the widget for Countdown. It'll take you to the offical site and author's site as well.

The publisher has offered up a great prize back for the release of Countdown
One lucky person will win a copy of the book AND a Countdown branded canvas tote!
To enter leave a comment and an email address. 
Contest ends in two weeks so June 9th at 11:59 CDT.
Additional Details:
Retail Value: Books are valued at $17.99 each.
Shipping Guidelines: This book giveaway is open to participants with a United States mailing address only (international readers can enter if they have a friend in the States who can accept their prizes by mail).


  1. I'm excited about this one, too. I've been following Deborah's progress on the trilogy at her blog, I'm half-way through EACH LITTLE BIRD THAT SINGS, and am a LOVE, RUBY LAVENDER fan.

    carolinestarr at yahoo dot com

  2. This looks great! Please enter me!

  3. Love it! Thanks for the giveaway.


  4. sounds like a good one!!

    mrsborland at gmail dot com

  5. Please count me in!

  6. Not something I would pick up, but it sounds really interesting.

    findjessyhere at gmail dot com

  7. Thanks for the info - this one sounds like it could be a lot of fun. Count me in.

    mmillet at gmail dot com

  8. I'd love to be entered!


  9. Please enter me! I saw this book at the book store.
    Allison Tielking

  10. I loved Countdown. It hooked me just by flipping the pages.

    Since I live in Atlanta, the book moved right to the head of the queue, no waiting.

  11. I love historical fiction! Count me in.


  12. I would love to share this book with my 11 year old daughter! Thanks for doing this giveaway.

  13. I'm dating myself, but I remember "Duck and Cover" drills. Good times.